Theater Guild students starred in the Laramie High School production of “Alice In Wonderland”
this past weekend.

The play follows the plot of the book “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

“It really pitches her [Alice’s] reality against this completely different, weird and crazy world,”
senior Carter Sell, who plays the King of Hearts, said.

Alice enters wonderland, which is actually her dream, and meets different eccentric characters,
learning life lessons along the way.

“This show was bigger and louder than our previous performances,” Sell said. “Most of our productions are pretty clean cut, but this one was almost edgy.”

The show featured a few gender bent characters, such as males played by females. Each actor
had their own individual, heavy makeup, due to the eccentricity of their characters. This is
opposed to previous productions, where the makeup is mostly uniform.

All three shows sold out the bottom floor of the balcony and around half of the mezzanine. The
ticket sales all go back into the theater program, there is no outside sourcing.

Sales are used to pay for the rights to the plays and musicals, as well as any other expenses. This
includes costumes, makeup, sets, lights and anything else that is needed to run the show.

“Most of the sets are built in the shop by [Michael] Hancey and Corinne Buss, or they are
rented,” Sell said.

This adds to the time and effort that goes into every performance.

Performances followed the program’s tech week, with full productions every night. These are
complete performances, with full set, sound, makeup, costumes and lights.

The cast spent over two months preparing for the play. They practiced two hours a day for over a
month and four hours a day for tech week.

Sell is no stranger to LHS performances, he was in his first play at the high school, Music Man,
when he was in fifth grade. Since LHS was rebuilt Sell has acted in almost ever production the
theater program has done.

“It [the theater program] has given me space to create and to find who I am as an actor.” Sell said.

The program works on around three plays a year, which does not leave much time for breaks.

“It can easily become your whole life, you put so much time and effort into every show,” Sell
said. Most students spend around 120 hours preparing for every show.

The theater program still has two plays left this year. Musical Theater 1 will perform “Once
Upon a Mattress” and Musical Theater 2 is going to start working on “Pippin.” Tickets for both
plays will go on sale in April.